The first look

Another month is around and here is another post from the development front. This time I will share some more concrete information about my new graphics application (let’s call it C2 for now) .

Here is one screenshot of C2 (please keep in mind that this is a “work in progress” and “far from finished” application):

C2_1Looks quite a bit more stylish than the GUI from Comicado, right? It is not just the look which is improved here. The general flexibility of the GUI will be on another level and more comparable with some other applications out there. Things like dockable windows which can be moved around and arranged at the user preference, drag and drop mechanics for items (layers, library items, even color swatches), different color schemes (from light to dark GUI) are some of the new GUI features already implemented in C2.

At the left side of the screen are the color selectors. These tools were among the first elements made for C2 and I probably went a bit overboard with the amount of them (I used them for learning the GUI framework). The users probably wont complain though especial as they will be able to display the ones they prefer and hide the others (similar to SAI).

At the right side you can see the layers window. The new look of the layers structure is now more similar to that from some other painting applications than Comicado, mostly due to the inclusion of that tiny layer thumbnail. This new look will be supplemented with some new features and improvements in the layers structure and composition. Panels are not included in the layers structure and will be handled in another tool window.

The third column of dockable windows in the screenshot is related to the brush tool.

C2 is still quite empty features wise as the bulk of Comicado features is still not converted or is just partially. This is mostly because of the fact that the things I am doing now are not just simple conversions but include quite heavy modifications. To be concrete – I am now working on the brush engine. This is probably the single most important part of any painting application and it is logical that C2 should feature an improved brush engine over Comicado. Most of the other parts should be transferred to C2 faster. Well, I hope as I would really like to put out some kind of beta before summer. Anyhow… busy months ahead!

By | 2017-05-18T20:11:44+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Comicado, General|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Obtusity January 27, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Looks very stylish and professional!

    Since you’ve using layer thumbnails, are you considering including a “navigator” window, where the user can drag a rectangle representing the current view around a thumbnail of the entire document, as an alternative to (or in addition to) the “hand” tool?

    Please retain the feature (from Comicado 1.x) to be able to copy a layer from one panel to another and have it appear in the “correct” place in relation to the second panel, in order to re-use backgrounds, etc.

  2. Jugilus January 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Yes there will be a navigator. I have plans for other GUI related improvements but they are just plans for now so I won’t talk about them until they get materialized.
    If you like any specific GUI features from other applications I would certainly like to hear about it.

    • Obtusity January 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Something I appreciate when working with a tablet computer are quick toolbar buttons (rather than going through a menu or keyboard shortcut) for Deselect, undo and redo, and show/hide all tool sub-windows for working full-window (and, to a lesser extent, selection Inverse).

      With this preview and with more features on the way, C2 sounds very good!

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